Toronto Cat Rescue is a registered, no-kill charity run by volunteers.
Our mission is to rescue and find homes for abandoned, sick or injured cats from situations of abuse, neglect or imminent euthanasia.
Our vision is for Toronto to be a city in which no adoptable cat is killed and rescue organizations such as Toronto Cat Rescue are no longer needed.
We are a network of foster homes.
Quick facts about TCR:
- We are a network of over 1,000 active volunteers (including 400 foster parents)
- In 2015, we found homes for 2,660 cats!
- We normally have at least 300 cats in our care at any given time
- We have 11 pet store partners in the Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo area
Our rescue philosophy:
Toronto Cat Rescue’s main rescue partner is Toronto Animal Services (TAS). TCR focuses our efforts on rescuing from TAS to reduce the number of feline companion animals euthanized in the City of Toronto shelters. This initiative supports the city’s movement toward eliminating the euthanasia of any healthy or treatable cat housed in Toronto shelters. TCR rescues cats that are ill, in need of extra care or socialization, orphaned, geriatric, and/or do not thrive in the shelter environment. By rescuing these cats, treating them for any ailments they have, and preparing them for adoption, we are saving them from potential euthanasia and giving them a chance at having a forever home.
Through this partnership, it is safer for owners and rescuers to bring their cats to the shelter without fear of them being euthanized if they become sick or do not thrive in the environment. If owners and rescuers feel comfortable taking their cats to TAS, we will have fewer cats suffering on the streets of our city, thus reducing the pressure on rescue groups and independent rescuers. We hope that this focused direction gives us the power to drive change in a positive direction for cats in need and the rescue world in Toronto.
In our Kitchener-Waterloo chapter, we have an established rescue partnership with a local shelter and we have connections with others in the rescue community who we support. Through KWCC (Kitchener Waterloo Community Cats) TCR has implemented a community run Trap Neuter Return Manage (TRNM) program for the region of Waterloo. Through this project, caretakers of unowned community cats, stray cats and barn cats may be eligible for access to free spay/neuter services. TCR will rescue cats through this initiative wherever possible.
TCR works hard to ensure that all the cats in our care are healthy and ready for adoption to reduce the number of cats on the streets and in shelters.
In the GTA, TAS cats are our priority. They are rescued and placed in foster care first. If we have space to rescue more from other organizations, we will. In the past year, we have rescued from Humane Society International (HSI) and SPA in Quebec and London Animal Control Centre (LACC). We are also open to assisting with disaster relief when we are able. Because the TAS cats we take often have complicated health issues or behavioural issues, rescuing from these different locations allows us to utilize foster homes that cannot accommodate TAS cats. In addition, we often require that cats from these other sources come vetted which allows us to save our resources for the cats we take from TAS.
TCR is a registered charity. No. 889-198-727-RR-0001